SOUL EATER – 08
With the defeat of Soul, Medusa encourages Chrona to kill Maka and eat her soul. However, right as Chrona is about to finish Maka off, a scythe blade pierces through the door and through Chrona’s chest. The door then breaks courtesy of a certain person’s foot, and it also knocks Chrona across the room. That foot belongs to Dr. Stein, and this makes Maka realize that the scythe blade is none other than her father. The two had been sent here because Shinigami-sama didn’t want another Kishin (demon god) to be born. At the urging of Medusa and Ragnarok, Chrona charges at Stein, but Stein blocks all of Chrona’s attacks and throws Chrona to the ground when Ragnarok starts vibrating. He then uses his Kon-i attack to directly damage Chrona, but before he can do it again, he gets stabbed by some of Chrona’s blood. Stein quickly realizes that all of Chrona’s blood is actually a weapon – Ragnarok – and he is barely able to get out of the way in time when each blob of blood shoots a spike at him. When Stein tries to look at Chrona’s soul, he sees Chrona’s introverted personality imprisoned in his bullying weapon and realizes that it’d be dangerous if Chrona’s personality gets completely swallowed up. Stein also notices a strange snake wrapped around the soul, but since he can’t figure it out, he attacks and knocks Chrona out of the church while avoiding all the spikes from the blood.
Ragnarok manages to knock off Stein’s glasses by striking at Stein’s face, but that just gets Stein even more excited. He and Maka’s father summon a spirit body to protect them from more of Ragnarok’s spikes, and Stein then delivers a kick to Chrona’s head. Stein finishes Chrona off with a double-palmed Kon-i attack, and this leads to Chrona having a rejection reaction that causes Ragnarok to spike out randomly in all directions. Seeing this, Medusa cancels her soul protect spell, and this allows Maka and Stein to sense her soul. Medusa then uses her Vector Arrow attack on Stein, but he and Maka’s father enter into a Resonance of Souls and cut through all the arrows with the Witch Hunt blade. Instead of continuing the fight, Medusa decides to grab Chrona and leave even though she claims to want to play for a little longer, and Stein decides not to chase after her because of Soul’s injury. After the group returns to the school, Stein operates on Soul, and though it’s successful, what Stein doesn’t tell Maka is that Ragnarok’s black blood got mixed with Soul’s blood. Regardless, Maka stays by Soul’s bedside and starts crying as she recalls how he had protected her. She vows to get strong like him, but her tears are interrupted when Black*Star suddenly bursts into the room and makes a big fuss over his injured friend.
Medusa then walks into the room, but neither Maka and Black*Star are aware of her real identity and know her as a teacher instead. Even Maka’s father doesn’t recognize her and clings to her leg because he’s attracted to her, causing Maka to smack him on the head with her book. Since Maka is depressed about Soul, Medusa cheers her up and expresses her confidence that Maka will get stronger. When Maka isn’t looking though, Medusa allows some of her magic to seep out of her mouth, forming a snake.
So while I wasn’t too happy that the preview for last week was so spoilerish, it’s more understandable now that I know Stein shows up pretty early in the episode. The big surprise ended up not being his appearance, but rather the fact that Medusa is actually a teacher/nurse – and a very nice/caring one at that. A good example perhaps of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. Now, it doesn’t shock me that Maka or even her father don’t recognize Medusa, but you’d think that someone as perceptive/powerful as Stein would recognize her if he ever ran into her at school. And how exactly does someone like her become a teacher/nurse in the first place? Wouldn’t Shinigami-sama have noticed that she was a witch or something?
In any case, I’m glad to see that we’ve got a true antagonist now who’s going to be around for more than just a couple of episodes, and plus Chrona and Ragnarok are still out there. I would have liked to see how Medusa would have fared against Stein, but I guess they can’t put all the good stuff into just one episode. I also assume there’s a lot more to the whole Kishin (demon god) thing than we’re being told, so it’ll be interesting to see where the story goes with that. Next week, however, appears to move the focus to Kidd, Black*Star, and the Excalibur sword.